James Q. Vincent
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James Quentin Vincent, age 84, of Liberty Center, Iowa quietly passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2011, with his family by his side. Son of Cloe Vincent and Mildred Harvey, Jim grew up just south of Liberty Center on the family farm with his brother Noel. Jim left the farm to join the
United States Army during WWII and served as a combat paratrooper in the esteemed 82nd Airborne Division in Europe. After returning from the war, he not only worked in the meat packing industry in Des Moines, but was elected as President of the Packing House Workers Union. Later, he became an operating engineer, plying his craft for over 50 years over three continents where he not only helped to build oil and gas pipelines in the jungles of South America, the deep deserts of the Middle East, and in the cold tundra of Alaska, but in most of the continental United States as well. While in California, he met, fell in love, and asked Shirley Bennett to be his wife. Knowing Iowa would be a good place to live and raise a family of six children, he and Shirley came to Liberty Center and established the family home. Jim was a member of the Masonic Lodge, a 32nd Degree Master Mason, and as a proud Shriner, drove children and their families to the Shriner's Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. In addition he belonged to the American Legion, was active in the Democratic Party, and one of the first Operators to be enshrined into the Pipeline Hall of Fame. He was the beloved patriarch of the Vincent family and is survived by his wife Shirley, his son Cody and his wife Susannah, daughter Joyce Vincent, son Daniel Vincent, son Mark Vincent and his wife Thatch, daughter Jamie Vincent Arcangel and her husband Henry, and son Corey Vincent and his wife Nicole. He leaves nine grandchildren, Seth Vincent, Joy Lee Young, Angela Prater, Jacob Vincent, Samuel Arcangel, Anna Sophia Arcangel, James T. Vincent, Corey J. Vincent and Quentin Vincent and five great-grandchildren, Janette, Sean, Lilly, Remy, and Moxie. Services will be held at Petersons Funeral Home in Indianola, IA on Saturday, March 26, at 11 a.m. Masonic services will be held at the funeral. Visitation will be Friday March 25, 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home
Interment with military rites by Milo American Legion Post # 263 and Liberty Center American Post # 661 will be in Hendrickson Cemetery.
Donations can be made to the Indianola Regular Baptist Church of which he was a member or Shriners Hospital for Children.
Published in Des Moines Register on Mar. 25, 2011